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Jairus Byrd departs Buffalo Bills for New Orleans Saints

Jairus Byrd endured a year-long contract fiasco on the franchise tag with the Buffalo Bills. When the team that drafted him in 2009 didn't use the tag on him a second time, Byrd didn't last long on the open market, agreeing to a massive six-year deal with New Orleans. Here's the full story of his year-long exodus from Orchard Park.

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Saints snag Byrd for $28 million guaranteed

The Buffalo Bills now have a gaping hole at free safety after Jairus Byrd signed a six-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

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Bills sign Williams to $26M extension

Jairus Byrd is about to hit the free agent market, but his running mate, Aaron Williams, just signed a lucrative contract extension with the Buffalo Bills.

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Byrd: "lines of communication are open" with Bills

Bills safety Jairus Byrd spoke about the team's decision not to franchise tag him in a conversation with ESPN on Tuesday.

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Doug Whaley explains the Byrd decision

Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley spoke with reporters about the decision to not franchise tag Jairus Byrd - and echoed many of those same thoughts in a separate interview on The John Murphy Show.

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It's official: no franchise tag for Byrd

Now free of the franchise tag after a year-long contract standoff with the Bills, Byrd will be able to cash in on the open market in eight short days.

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Rejected offer would've paid Byrd $30M in 3 years

The Buffalo Bills are reportedly willing to make Jairus Byrd the highest-paid safety in the NFL - but only for part of their latest contract offer, which Byrd and agent Eugene Parker promptly rejected.

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Report: Bills unlikely to tag Byrd, who may walk

With 28 hours left until the NFL's franchise tag deadline hits, the tea leaves say that the Buffalo Bills are leaning toward letting Jairus Byrd hit unrestricted free agency, rather than tagging him for a second straight year.

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Report: Byrd talks "pleasant" so far

With the NFL's franchise tag deadline looming on Monday afternoon, a Buffalo News report reveals positive vibes on the Jairus Byrd contract front.

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Mario, Byrd make second team All-Pro

Two defenders from the Buffalo Bills' No. 10-ranked defense made second team All-Pro in 2013: pass rusher Mario Williams and safety Jairus Byrd.

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Mario, Kyle, Jairus make the Pro Bowl

The Buffalo Bills have had a wildly statistically productive season on defense, and as a result, three of their more prominent defenders have been selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl.

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Schefter: Bills now open to trading Byrd

Jairus Byrd is ready to return to the Bills' starting lineup - and the Bills are now apparently ready to trade him, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Marrone held healthy Byrd out vs. Browns

Jairus Byrd decided he was healthy enough to play on Thursday night in Cleveland, but head coach Doug Marrone held him out of the contest.

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Report: Byrd seeking trade by 10/29

Buffalo's star safety would like to be traded, but would the Bills be willing to listen to offers from other teams?

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Byrd battling plantar fasciitis

Jairus Byrd sought a second opinion on his ailing foot last week, and returned to Orchard Park with a diagnosis: plantar fasciitis.

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Byrd: "It's just business"

Jairus Byrd is back, has spoken with reporters, and does not sound like a man that's particularly thrilled with his current contract situation.

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"Ill will" remains between Bills, Byrd

Someone involved in the ongoing contract saga between Jairus Byrd and the Buffalo Bills is working hard to make sure that things stay frosty between the two sides - even as Byrd has signed his one-year, $6.916 million franchise tender and is returning to the team on Thursday.

Multiple reporters came forth with vagaries like this on Wednesday:

Whoever is leaking this information to reporters - and it's sounding an awful lot like it's coming from Byrd's side of the equation, quite frankly - isn't doing Byrd any favors in the eye of the public. If his missing training camp made him unpopular in some corners, then the idea that he'll take his sweet old time getting up to speed with games that count beginning in 16 days should piss off a few more people.

And so, with long-term contract negotiations unable to take place until next spring, posturing continues on both sides of the equation - and it's getting unbelievably annoying.

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Graham: Bills "surprised" by Byrd signing

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Byrd signs one-year franchise tender

One day shy of the end of Bills training camp, Jairus Byrd has signed a one-year franchise tender with the team.

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Report: Bills camp will start without Byrd

Embroiled in a contract stalemate that has lasted an entire off-season, Jairus Byrd reportedly won't show up for Buffalo Bills training camp this weekend.

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Byrd: "It'll be worth it in the end"

Is this how a man tweets when he's planning on signing a franchise tender and reporting to training camp on time? Probably not.

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Deadline passes with no deal for Byrd

The Buffalo Bills and Jairus Byrd were unable to come to terms on a long-term deal. The safety can only play on a one-year contract now.

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Report: Byrd demanding to be highest-paid safety

Why are the Bills and Jairus Byrd at an impasse? Could it be because Eugene Parker wants Byrd to be the NFL's highest-paid safety?

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Bills might not value Byrd highly, per report

Jairus Byrd and the Buffalo Bills remain at a contract impasse - and a WGR 550 report indicates that the Bills may not be willing to budge because they don't value the safety position enough to pay top dollar.

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Report: Bills, Byrd "not close," have not talked

The stalemate between the Buffalo Bills and Jairus Byrd continues, per a report - and unless something changes this week, it will very likely bleed into training camp.

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Schefter: Byrd gets the franchise tag

As expected, the Buffalo Bills have placed the franchise tag on free safety Jairus Byrd, preventing him from becoming a free agent this season.

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Bills, Byrd will talk contract this week

The Buffalo Bills will use the 2013 NFL Combine as a convenient way to begin contract negotiations with free agent safety Jairus Byrd, per a John Wawrow report.

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